October 30, 2007
- The Rooks
This year has a very exciting rookie class that will be sure to entertain. Who won’t try and watch Kevin Durant? Can this guy play at the NBA level? He couldn’t take Texas too far in the NCAA tournament, but now the Sonics are building around him. I’m expecting him to be an 18 and 7 guy this year. Beyond Durant, there’s the Mike Conley Jrs, Yi Jianlian and who knows, maybe even a little Greg Oden at the end of the season.
- Kobe to Explode
I’ve said it a few times, but I don’t expect Kobe to go anywhere until the trade deadline. But when that deadline arrives, it will be more of a blockbuster than KG himself (if that’s even possible). As we know, Kobe is a man of the spotlight, and once the season starts, there’s only one way to stay in the light…produce! I know the likes of Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson would agrue that this isn’t true, but to a real NBA fan, it’s all about who puts on the best show ON THE COURT, and Kobe will be the man, again.
- The Denver Nuggets
I’ve probably been overdoing this a bit, but I’m a firm believer that the Nuggets have serious potential this year. The West is still strong, even without KG, but the Nuggets field a team that has the proper weapons. Since Allan Iverson headed to Denver, he’s gone under the radar. After the half season of learning to play together (AI and Melo), I feel these two will FINALLY figure it all out and form a chemistry that will be second to none. Wasn’t it just a couple years ago that everyone thought AI was the best player in the league? He’s not that old yet, and he’s still one of the quickest players with the ball. How can you deny these two?
- The BIG 3 in Boston
Kevin Garnet, Paul Pierce and Scott Pollard…..I mean Ray Allan. Three of the leagues best players somehow ended up on one of last year’s worst teams. There’s no doubt that the Celtics will be this year’s most improved team. It’s just a matter of how far they go? I think its obvious that it all comes down to injuries. If they can all stay healthy, the sky’s the limit. With an injury to one of them, there’s not much to watch in Boston. I say Conference Finals at max.
- The New York Knicks/Mafia
This would have been even more interesting of a point if Ron Artest was picked up by the Knicks. Either way, they still acquired Zach Randolph. Along with Eddy Curry, the two form a pair of the scariest looking guys you could ever pass on the street or on the court. On the court, if these guys can get it together, they have potential to be one of the best turnarounds in the league. With the East still wide open, how can you deny these guys a playoff spot. I’d take them right now (before the season starts) to finish the season ahead of Orlando.
- The Season Starts Sooo Soon!!!!
I couldn’t be more excited, and I know you can’t either. Unfortunately for me, I started writing Clutch 3 in the offseason. At times, material was limited and creativity started minimalizing ( although the Hottest Hoops Wife series was a smashing hit, and I will be doing my research for Episode 4, so watch out!) but I kept writing with the excitement in my mind, knowing that once the season starts, I won’t be able to stop writing. This season promises to be one of the best in the past couple years, and I’ll be watching the opening tip off Wednesday night. Will you?
The latest rumour going around is that the New York Knicks could trade David Lee to the Sacramento Kings for non other than Ron Artest. Yes….Ron Artest! Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a very big fan of Artest’s game. He’s a very solid all-around player who can really add that final piece to the puzzle for any team. In this situation, though, is Artest a good influence on the Knicks? What I’m trying to get at is that New York could become home to the new Bad Boys of the 2007-2008 season. Pairing newly acquired Zach Randolph with Artest creates one of the scariest front courts in the game, let alone one of the scariest duos outside the arena. I’m sure if this trade goes down that the Knicks will try and keep Randolph and Artest in separate rooms on the road, and make sure they don’t end up touring around the visiting cities together. If they do, who knows what could happen? These guys are straight up bad asses. They would give the team a physical edge, but the Knicks will need to do some investing in their bench with the amount of suspension between these two. Both of these guys are considered gambles, regardless of what team they play on. I’m sure Isiah Thomas is thinking more basketball. Seriously, a front court of Zach Randolph, Ron Artest and Eddy Curry is pretty powerful and has the potential to go places. And I’m not just talking jail. Think about it.
Michael and Scotty, Stockton and Malone…Randolph and Artest? Hmmm…